Conference honors local swimmer

Freshman standout rewarded for efforts in the pool and in the classroom

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When Meghan Sabin arrived at Colorado State University last year, her future was uncertain, to say the least.

As a freshman, Sabin knew she wanted to focus on journalism, English and swimming.

The first two subjects were easy to tackle all she had to do was enroll in the classes. But swimming at CSU is a little more difficult.

The school has built a winning tradition over the years. With five to six Ram swimmers taking part in the Olympic tryouts, finding a spot on the team can be difficult. Especially when you're a walk-on.

"There are always a lot of walk-ons at the start of the year, but by Christmas break the field starts to weed itself out. The swimmers who can't cut it drop off and only those with a shot are left," Sabin said.

Sabin made the most of her shot during her freshman year. Not only did she make the team, but she was promoted to the traveling squad.

When Sabin returns to the team this season, her future will be a little more certain. The Steamboat Springs swimmer was honored this week when it was announced that she was named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference team.

That means she not only excelled in the classroom, finishing the year with a 3.14 grade-point average, but also was very competitive in the pool.

"It's a great honor, " Sabin said. "I didn't even know until my father called me on the phone earlier today."

Sabin credits her success in the classroom and in the pool to her parents and head coach John Mattos.

Mattos brings a family atmosphere to the CSU swim team and stresses issues like drugs, health and class work.

"Besides my dad, he is the coolest guy I know," Sabin said.

Sabin said the school is also looking after her best interests.

It requires here to go to a study hall for two hours, three times a week. It also requires that she meets with an academic advisor at least once a week.

"They are trying to make sure that we stay out of trouble and succeed in the classroom," Sabin said. "The swim team has one of the highest GPAs of all the sports."

Sabin will report back to school this week. Her first swim team practice in Monday, but she is leaving a little early to get settled back in.


To reach John F. Russell call 81-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net

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